09/22/2006 11:00PM

Interpatation justifies trainer's decision

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Trainer Bob Barbara could have sent Interpatation to Maryland to run for twice as much money. But his decision to run in the $100,000 Larry Riviello President's Cup at Philadelphia Park looked pretty astute when two of Interpatation's chief rivals, T. D. Vance and Rock Lobster, both scratched.

Interpatation ($6.60) rallied down the middle of the track under Tommy Turner to pull away from 16-1 longshot Key Event by 2 1/4 lengths. Key Event held off another outsider, 12-1 Just Thunder, by a neck for second.

Icy Atlantic, the close 2-1 second choice, finished seventh of eight.

The 4-year-old Interpatation was coming off a third-place finish in last month's Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga. He ran 1 1/8 miles over a turf course labeled "good" in 1:51.95.